We all had those days, where our lips just seem to get more dry by the hour; no matter what we do, we still can’t manage to get our lips hydrated enough to be comfortable.
Sometimes, dry lips are an effect of certain diseases, such as Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, and Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Now, I’m not saying that because you chronic dry lips that you have these diseases, but I want to take a minute to outline these bad boys, and see how they can affect dry lips.
Already, all three diseases cause dehydration, which in turn causes dry lips. Let’s look at them individually though to have a better understanding of their relationship to dry lips.
Crohn’s Disease (wiki): Since CD is the inflammation of the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, located from the mouth to the anus; dry lips can often occur while having it. The inflammation in the GI tract creates pain throughout the body, which in turn lowers your nutrient intake. This lowers your body’s ability to nourish your lips, which in turn dries them out. The vomiting caused by CD can also increase the chance of dry lips.
Celiac Disease (wiki): As an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine, the symptoms can include anemia and fatigue. With that being considered, vitamin deficiencies often occurs in people with the disease, which comes from the reduced ability of the small intestine to properly absorb nutrients. The body therefore fights to nourish the body as much as it can but often doesn’t give the right nutrients to the lips, which cause them to dry and crack.
Sjogren’s Syndrome (wiki): This disease is also an autoimmune one which mainly causes dry eyes and dry mouth. Needless to say that with a dry mouth comes dry lips. In Sjogren’s Syndrome, the mucous membranes and moisture secreting glands found in your eyes and mouth are affected which decreases the production of tears and saliva. Since the mouth dries up, there is also less saliva to nourish and hydrate the lips, which in turn causes them to dry up completely, unless an outer moisturizer comes in to help.
Considering that all three diseases attacks the immune system and dries up the skin and lips in some ways, it’s important to take into consideration the products to be used when affected.
It is not recommended that someone with these three diseases utilize lip products that contain soy, gluten, corn, GMOs, menthol, camphor, phenol, petrolatum, petroleum, sulfates, aluminum, salts, scents or fragrances.
Once the delicate tissue of the lips is damaged, it’s pretty easy to cause more damage.
The first way to cause more damage is to cut off airflow to the skin. Imagine if you wrapped an ace bandage around your wrist and left it there. Without airflow, the skin begins to die. When this happens, it’s a train wreck at the skin level. So how does one block airflow to the lips? Heavy waxes that sit on the skin. It’s just enough to help the problem persist without raising alarm.
The next issue that helps keep chapped lips chapped is to continue to allow free radicals to bonk around at the skin level.
Free radicals happen naturally, and more as we age. The common free radical that causes skin damage is the hydroxyl radical. It occurs when a molecule of water loses it’s bond to the hydrogen atom, leaving only the H and the O but missing the 2. The unwanted side effect is cellular damage.
Without going overboard science on you, the free radical is left to bond with other free radicals and can be oxidized. When it oxidizes, it hardens – this cause damage to any and all tissue it runs into. Hence, the “anti-oxidant” such as red wine, chocolate, vitamin E, green tea.
Anti-oxidants have the natural ability to envelop, attract, oxidized atoms and free radicals, allowing your body to pass them through uhmm.. natural means… much more harmlessly.
Weakened tissue seems to attract these cells at a higher rate. Not to mention that a broken water atom in your body does absolutely no good towards hydration.
It has been noted that those with any of these three diseases should carefully monitor and apply anti-oxidants – anything that helps keep the body clean.
So how does this relate back to lip treatments.
Well it was with this theory that I created a product called Rallye Balm. It’s a lip balm by all intents and purposes, but it’s really very different than any other commercially sold balm.
I created this product specifically with the treatment of these three conditions in mind, as they represent probably 90% of my customers.
Rallye Balm is based on a mixture of materials that are intended to penetrate the skin. Certain waxes have too large of a molecule to really sink into the skin well, leading back to the airflow issue mentioned above. But other ingredients work their way into the skin nicely.
The reason I want them to penetrate the skin is because I want them to be the carrier and deployment method of the secret weapon… the Celiac Chap, Sjogren’s chap, Chron’s chapped lip busting ingredient – Vitamin E – from a gluten free, soy free source of course.
This wonderful, highly concentrated anti-oxidant keeps free radicals and oxidized cells at bay. This helps your body help itself.
With the free radicals and oxidized cells being removed from the affected tissue, the body doesn’t have to expend energy trying to remove them itself, and can therefore pay more attention to healing damaged skin – which it desperately wants to do.
The second secret weapon is castor seed oil. A super high quality, rich castor seed oil. This is known for its ability to repair damaged skin, soothe aches, sores and pains
And remember, DRINK MORE WATER – always drink more water. My wife is constantly chasing me around the house with a bottle of water. So hire your husband or wife or roommate to be on water duty for you.